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Jimmy Caras in Key West Continuing from our last article, we pick up a few years later

At this point, Jimmy’s wife Phyllis had passed on and now Jimmy lived in a apartment around the corner from our pool room (Drexeline Billiard Club). He lived alone and was very content. Jimmy would show up at the pool room nearly every day still with as much enthusiasm as the first day he started playing pool. He was the real thing. Sitting around the pool room one day, I asked Jimmy if he had ever been to Key West, knowing this man had already been around the globe. To my surprise , Jimmy stated that he had never been. My wife Susan and I have dear friends (Steve & Madeline Condella) who live in Key West and visit every chance we get. Steve & Madeline love pool and extended an invitation for Susan and I to bring Jimmy Caras for a visit if he was up for it. I sprung the question and asked Jimmy if he would like to go? He replied , “Why would I want to go to the end of the world?” joking around. I explained about the great seafood (which Jimmy had a fancy for) and told Jimmy about Steve & Madeline’s house, where we would be shacking up. Little did Jimmy know, we would be headed for Paradise! My final words were, “Ha Jimmy, go pack a bag, we are out of here”. Jimmy got the green light from his doctor, packed a bag and off we went. Philly to Key West, one jet and one commuter plane and about 4 hours we would be there. Steve & Madeline live about 1 mile out of Key West on a peninsula. You would think you were on your own private island. Words can’t describe how beautiful their residence is. The big kicker for Jimmy is Steve & Madeline’s pool room, as well as their cue collection, and cannon collection. Moving right along, in a nut shell: Madeline can give everyone the 5 out and the break preparing seafood. Steve’s Key Lime Pie , everyone should be so lucky to taste. Their pool room is to die for, the cue collection (Szamboti’s, Balabushka’s, Tad, Showman, Rambo, all the Palmers) to mention a few. My favorite is the cannon collection dating back to the 1500’s. Historians from around the world come to see this spectacular collection. Puts museums to shame. The collection is that good folks, and a privilege to see. Anyway, landing in Key West, Jimmy said, “What is there to do around here?”, as the island of Key West is 3 miles by 4 miles and looked like a match head to Jimmy from the airplane when we were coming in. I had been boasting about everything to Jimmy and hoped he would not be disappointed. Fooling around Jimmy said he would like a lobster and then a good game of pool. That was his sense of humor coming out. A good thing, as he was loosening up. When we arrived at Steve & Madeline’s, I could tell Jimmy was getting very comfortable. After checking out the pool room, I think Jimmy was ready to change his address. He immediately fell in love with his surroundings.

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Jimmy Caras Looked like Jimmy was ready to get the party rolling now. That first night Madeline prepared a seafood dinner fit for a king and had invited some of their pool friends over for dinner and pool. Everyone was eager to meet Jimmy. After dinner everyone retired to the Condella’s pool room. Steve gave us a tour of his cue collection. Great stuff, as the old cues brought back memories for Jimmy and that prompted him to tell some great pool stories from yesteryear. Everyone took turns playing pool, mostly with Jimmy. It was getting late (midnight) and Jimmy was still going strong. He kept us up till 2 in the morning doing trick shots, and we had to shut him down. He was outlasting all of us. Unreal for a 88 year old guy. He called us all light weights! Bed time for Jimmy. Each night went the same way, only we ate out, the A&B Lobster House, The Rusty Anchor, and a Great Authentic Cuban Restaurant. Jimmy tried to pick up the check but it would have busted him the way we were partying. He was our guest, no way he would pay. A couple of nights after dinner we went to the only pool room in the Keys, The Stick & Stein, in Key West. Here the customers lined up to get Jimmy’s autograph. Jimmy was in his glory as he dazzled the

customers by putting on a trick shot show. He was by no means rusty. He was in dead stroke. I think everyday around a pool room keeps you in shape, no matter how old. I was happy for Jimmy, because with all the recognition, he seemed to be thoroughly alive. Really a cool thing to see in a man of his age. We always ended up at the Condella’s pool room at the end of the night with Jimmy outlasting us all. That is the truth. Till the wee hours, Jimmy still wanted to keep it rolling. He would call us amateurs. HaHa. On one afternoon, we took Jimmy on a tour of Key West. We went to Hemingway’s House, the “90 Miles to Cuba” Marker, Cruised the Navy Yard, and checked out the famous Duval Street. Also got the grand tour of Key West Welding, where Steve & Madeline make their living. Very impressive, with High Rise Cranes, and a huge Metal Fabrication Shop, always busy with projects. Everything must come to an end as our final night was spent at the Condells’a. We were all gathered at their pool room as usual with a few extra guests. Standard procedure was talk about the old cues as you can’t imagine the history here. This always wound Jimmy up, as well as just playing the game. This time we could not pry Jimmy away from his work. The hours peeled off till it was 3 in the morning and our plane was to leave in 6 hours. We finally got off to get some rest before departing. It was tough getting up and we were close to missing our flight but we made it. I do believe Jimmy was not interested in leaving but reality had set in. He had many excuses why we should stay longer. He was very amusing. Great guy with great sense of humor . Now back home at Drexeline Billiards, Jimmy for months talked about his trip to all our customers. The sights, the locals and their hospitality, the wonderful seafood, and most of all our hosts, Steve & Madeline. I think Jimmy adopted them. He could not say enough about these kind people, who graciously opened there doors to us. We could all tell that this trip was on the top of the chart for Jimmy, out of all the places he had been during his life. Jimmy had a great time.

4th from left Jimmy Caras, Madeline Condella, Steve Condella (standing), Bob Maidhof (sitting), (some people’s names were unknown)


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Tim Miller

You can go to my web site and read over seventy important instructional articles at no cost to you. www. has video clips to show you how to hit the shots. My special three-day workshop is limited to four students. I do not allow my students to get lost in a large class. I am here to help you at a reasonable price. It is about skill development. May all the rolls go your way, The Monk

Please note: You will need to fully concentrate on this article. It is not real easy to grasp. I teach this aiming system to students who come to The Monk Training Center for this reason. I’d like to share it with you. I talked to a master BCA instructor and he told me he had nine different aiming systems. I wondered why there would be more than one aiming system. What I teach on the subject of AIMING is that the very 'thing in itself' behind the human mind's control of the cue ball could prove that directional control is not as is usually believed by most of the players. In other words it is not the focus on the target. Aiming is not the 'slight trick' of either our sight, (focus) nor that of the muscles of our hands, but it is the 'slight trick' of our mind which is the mental chanting of a simple thought at the time of stroke delivery. This is what I teach and it is not easy to train a person in the true art of aiming. They must be ready. In reality all I have done is helped them to develop an acute sense or feel of His presence (OM energy) that is always made available on their minds through their act of concentration. That visual confirmation of the target comes from a higher source and if you do not deliver the stroke when it comes, you will miss the shot. That’s why the ability of getting the directional control of a ball is regarded as a thing of feel, or something instinctual. His presence or grace is made available on the mind in the form of a ‘thought’. This ‘simple thought’ purely a non-material thing is the Absolute Reality behind the directional control of the motion of a cue ball. In fact, it is a thing like ‘mental chanting’ that is affecting the direction! Without this ‘chant’ the motion of a ball or an arrow is impossible or at least the direction of it is out of our control. I can set up a series of shots for you that require a certain stroke and attitude to make the ball. You can aim perfectly and not make the shot. It takes a stroke along with an attitude to pocket the ball. I offered many of these shots in The Lesson. Our visual focus or our knowledge of all the externals like aim point, angles etc. has nothing to do with the

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shot making of the master players. What matters is that the ‘mental chanting’ is done or not done consciously or unconsciously (as a trained champion does). For this non-physical agency the subject has to depend on his concentration. This thing that we call concentration is not, as we suppose, brain related. The very concentration is nothing but a mental process of invoking that divine non-physical agency. If this were not true you would never say, “I had great concentration today, or I lost my concentration”. If it was just brain related you would always have great concentration skills. The subject is able to achieve the directional control of his shot as long as he is able to fix his mental focus on this non-physical divine thought that is made available on his mind through his invocation (concentration). When an opponent upsets this divine thought, concentration breaks down. When the subject tries his concentration skills he thinks he must experience ‘emptying’ the mind or fixing our visual focus on a specific target but this process is not done in concentration, it is done in the name of meditation. Have you heard the term, “become one with the shot?” When you can reach that point where you are connected, and this connection is bound together by a divine spirit your visual ability to see the shot is enhanced. There are times when you simply know you are going to make it. You know you are locked in. You know you will not miss. You can contact The Monk by going on my web site. and while you are at it, contact me for a FREE E Book.

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Where Has Lucky Been? Vegas! Lucky is fine, because you haven’t heard anything last month. I took a picture of Lucky with my cell phone. He doesn’t know about it. I know he’ll hate it. I have to figure how to get it off my phone. We have been reading “West Coast Pool Players” and Pool and Billiard Magazine on the laptop. Neither of us had shaved for a while, and Lucky was looking more like Uncle Sam by the day. It had been a fantastic time, winning a lot of money and having a blast. I had to constantly remind myself of the real reason Lucky had agreed to go on the road with me in the first place. It wasn’t just for the fun of it; it was that he needed money for his medical bills. He’s holding up pretty good. Still, I wished it could just go on and on. Traveling down 95 going through Idaho. We spent a lot of silent time just looking at the scenery. We will likely not do any gambling here on this leg of the trip. We would likely just get the skinny on some players from Roger Anderson then come back later. There used to be tons of action around Boise, Twin Falls. We kept driving till we stopped to rest from the long drive. We ate in Winnemucca a town that is really looking like a mini metropolis. The casino’s there have decent food and cheap. Surprising we hit some snow before we hit Tonopah. We rolled in Vegas admiring at all the glitter and for a place to stay. Found a cheap room to get bearings from. We had reservations at the event the next day so we stayed at budget Suites. Lucky was kicked back on the bed with his boots off, while I sat at the table going through Vegas coupon books. We were sitting in the room remembering all the matches we’d played in the past weeks. We laughed till we were silly over some, and spoke of others with the respect due to true and honorable players. Lucky brought up the 16 year old kid from Portland. Lucky thought the kid looked ready to start play in action. I told Lucky he was going to be at the BCAPL national event. Lucky hinted about maybe backing him and help keep his head on straight. Lucky says many young pool players turn out to be jerks. “wonder if the kid has the character and the maturity it takes” Lucky’s thinking was surprising because Lucky has previously said he backs no one. Especially admitting what his father went through backing him at a young age and “business” players do. Lucky who rarely is out of line sees more out of Chris then just pool talent, He might develop into a good person but time will tell. Lucky commented about how much he enjoyed the classy Cue Sports International BCAPL Tournament especially for its non-smoking, and I knew it was a lot more than that for him; it was one of the few places he could watch and play the sport he loved and safeguard his health, too. Vegas is action and, we were anticipating the upcoming days at Riviera and expectations at the VNEA tournament. We decided to go out see what was happening. We went to Cue Club but it had no one in action. It has been a great spot for action for years. Toby VS. Coney… but it was dead. We next went to Pool Sharks. The name was

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appropriate. The first thing was that the smoke was so thick rolling out the door. It seemed like death factory. We read in the newspaper Las Vegas is considering more restrictions of no smoking law. I knew Lucky would baulk at going in, because of his medical condition. He had to look in… We took a big breath and walked in. It was hard to hold it in. The first thing we saw was the doorman “Thumb”. Thumb’s been around Vegas pool a while. He was setting up action and keeping track of each game in action like a calculator. He new odds and game score. Right next to us was Ronnie Allen barking up a storm. “I’ll play anyone here for no less then a thousand”. Scott Frost tried to get him playing. Ronnie wants to know what the spot is… they just can’t agree on any game. In the mist of barking as we stood there Ronnie turned to us and starred at Lucky speechless he stopped in his tracks just kept starring, almost hypnotized glued at his face. After a long pause 45 seconds people talking to him and he was oblivious, Ronnie’s says you look familiar. I know you”…Lucky just said likely not. Meaning Ronnie didn’t know him personally but they played a few times. Lucky told me stories. Ronnie didn’t fully recognize him. It was as time stopped for Ronnie he continued seemed to be in a trance you could visualize is brain endeavor to figure it out. It was a who’s who over in the joint. We looked over and there was the kid from the Northwest, Chris from playing cowboy Jimmy Moore’s Jr. A tough seasoned player for the kid. Lucky kept an eye on him during his play and later that night lucky said….”He’s got talent” He’s got to be still in school??”. “Look out Shane” Lucky said it in faint voice so just he and I could hear. Couldn’t help to notice Doug and Bernie from Concord, CA walk through the doors. It seemed that the rail wanted to trounce on them and get them in action. It was non stop barking. Moments later Gentile front Canada and a kid from Oklahoma got into a race to 7 one pocket for $5000.00 It didn’t take long to see that the Canadian was seriously out playing the Oklahoman. We had a soda but Lucky couldn’t stay too smoky. Next day We were getting psyched up to go find a game, when the phone rang………. Devastating news! It was one of my teammates, saying wasn’t going to be able to come Vegas and play with the team! He got hurt! , but it put a serious crimp on the rest of us at the team event. In fact, it completely knocked us down. We needed a full team of five members to be able to compete. Lucky must have seen my face fall, because he immediately offered to play in his place, a gallant gesture on his part, but I morosely explained to him that to play he’d have had to be previously qualified How great that would have been to have him, Lucky would have been the best replacement any team could have! He’s an unselfish player, he has a positive attitude, genuinely helps people with their games, once committed wants to be there and give his best, makes sacrifices for the team. Oh, and of course he’s the best player I have ever known. What else

could a team want in a team player? Well, then Lucky said we could go ahead and leave Vegas if I wanted, it wasn’t at all important for him to stay. He could sense my distress, and he wanted to make things better for me, and just forget the reason we were there in the first place. What a great person and friend to have at a time like that. But I said no thanks; we’re here to make some money, plus have some fun. I took a deep breath and psyched myself up to tell the other team members and break the bad news. I knew that would go over like a lead balloon. Early in the morning 3am the phone rang again. This time it was a friend at the action room who was scouting for action players for us and had spotted someone we thought sounded interesting. Good timing, as I clearly could use a distraction. Within a few minutes we were down the elevator and strolling into the convention area side room. The action was thick but the air was clear. Unbelievable! Someone People called HR, with “Hoosiers” written across his shirt, had just won about three grand from a Minnesota player. While he stuffed money into his pocket we heard him say to a buddy, “I’ve been waiting for this day since he beat me last year.” It looked like he had gotten his revenge pretty good. Lucky, sizing up the moment, strolled over to HR to see about some action, and HR put him onto a buddy of his, who accepted. Lucky’s first attempt at action was a hit! How easy can it be, I thought. Lucky took off his coat and asked to borrow a cue from me, which I got from the cue storage vendor who set up lockers at the event every year They started playing on the table HR had just vacated, but by then most everyone had drifted elsewhere, not seeing anyone they thought was worth watching. And that was just the way Lucky liked it. Lucky proceeded to play down but solid and beat this guy in what I now knew as a very routine manner. The first set was for $500 and ended 9-6, the next another five bills and 9-7. I kind of thought Lucky was going to let the guy win a set but he didn’t, and he picked up $1,000. After every game the guy would go outside the door and light a smoke, take a drag, put it out, and come back. Nic fix. Didn’t work. Lucky knows it a weakness when some smokes as they are too preoccupied with it physiologically and not as occupied on pool. Lucky accepted the guy’s money graciously, and handed me my cue back. I really thought Lucky was going to play more, but said he wanted to wait a while to let things cool down. I knew he didn’t want people to think that he was there to hustle, so I checked my cue and we left. I appreciated Lucky’s class act. He didn’t want to search and badger people into games as many of the young kid hustlers do. In Vegas it scares most of the action off. Those kids and their egos are bigger than their common sense…………… More on Vegas in next issue…. I am trying to include Lucky’s picture along with these issues, but I can’t figure out how to get the picture of Lucky off my cell phone……

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Three Little Safeties

While watching the Jeff Gregory benefit 9-ball tournament at the California Billiard Club last weekend, I saw an amazing safety played by the eventual winner, Rafael Martinez. He is the sort of player you can learn a lot from just by guessing what he’ll do and then seeing what he plays instead. The particular shot that surprised me was a two-cushion kick to hit a ball near the rail and quite well hidden by a close ball. Most players would hit the shot firmly, hoping to get the hit and then get some distance between the cue ball and the object ball. What Rafael did instead was turn the speed down to minimum so the cue ball just got the hit and sent the object ball to the cushion and the cue ball rolled behind the blocker for a re-hook. Sometimes finesse will win the battle. Here are three shots where just the right soft speed will win the game for you. Five or ten minutes of practice on each one will prepare you for when they come up in games. Shot 1 is similar to the one Rafael played, but shorter and only one cushion. You need to hit about half the one ball and just hard enough to get the one to the cushion behind the nine. If the nine ball is sitting a little farther from the cushion, you may want to hit the one a little fuller and drive it between the rail and the nine. A key to shots like this -- and most shots -- is to visualize what you want to happen. With practice, it will happen. The second shot is from a game of 8-ball. You could play to knock the one ball half way to the eight and leave the direct


shot blocked, but that gives your opponent too much room. When playing soft safes, try to squeeze out the last millimeter of advantage. The best shot is to hit the one ball as thinly as possible, take the cue ball to the cushion, and come off and freeze to the one ball. Done perfectly, this will even cut off the one- and threecushion kick shots to the eight. In shot three from a game of 9-ball, you were probably hoping to get a combo on the nine but instead ended up with a likely sell out. If you hit the four thinly and send the cue ball to the other end of the table, the four will be left near the nine for a combo or carom. Instead, pull out your famous halfmasse shot. Well, maybe it’s not famous now, but it could be. The shot doesn’t require much power, but it does need practice in advance. You don’t need a lot of curve, so a 45-degree elevation will be enough if you hit the four thinly. Use equal amounts of right side spin and draw. The hard part is getting the thin hit because the cue ball tends to curve a little even before hitting the object ball -- keep aiming for a thinner and thinner hit until you are just wiggling the four. Shot perfectly, the cue ball will come off the side rail and freeze to both the nine ball and the cushion. At that point, you’re famous at least in that room for 15 minutes. When facing safes, consider the low-speed finesse option. Often it will provide the best chance for a good returned safety.

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Ray Martin & Jerome Keogh Inducted into the

STRAIGHT POOL HALL OF FAME Ray Martin going for his 4th World Tournament title at the prime age of 76! New Brunswick, New Jersey - Three Kamui, Pool & Billiard Magazine, time World 14.1 Champion Ray “Cool Sandcastle Billiards and straight pool Cat” Martin and 14.1 Continuous aficionados Bill Austin of UT, Dr.Louis inventor Jerome Keogh will be the Pannullo of NY, Ralph Rubin of very first inductees into the 1st MD. Co-contributors Dennis Walsh, Annual Straight Pool Hall of Fame. Dr.James Heller, Charles Eames, Mark The ceremony will take place August Snodgrass, and Bill Marapolous. For 31,2011 at 5pm during a dinner banquet more information on player registration, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel during the sponsorship, or if you would like 71st World Tournament of 14.1. Keogh to submit a comment, please email will be inducted posthumously while worldstraightpoolchampionships@ Martin will be there live to accept his or contact Dragon Promotions award and speak. Even better than that, at 1-407-782-4978. Martin will participate in the World Ray Martin, originally from Tournament as a competitor at age 76. Patterson,New Jersey, now resides “Its a great honor to be inducted. in Largo,Florida. He still plays pool Its nice that people still alive will be and continues to teach players today. inducted as well in the future . That’s The renowned instructor and world really the way it should be. Get them in champion can be reached for lessons at before they die! Let them enjoy it!” said or 1-727-798Martin. Ray won the World Tournament 5561 in 1971, 1974, and 1978. Martin also won What has Ray been doing since numerous 9-Ball titles as well and was informed of his possible induction? A the author of the famed 99 Critical Shots quick Q&A with the World Champ. instructional pool book. “I’ve been practicing daily for “There were many factors on two hours everyday ever since being why we decided to start this inaugural informed over three weeks ago of my Straight Pool Hall of Fame. We wanted possible induction”, explains Martin. “”I to honor not only obvious choices, but ran a 117 and 60’s and 70’s many times. to remember great players that are still I used to run over a hundred daily with alive and remind them that they are not ease (he laughs)”. Martin has two 300+ forgotten. They are living treasures of runs including a high run of 382. “You the sport. Also, we wanted to recognize need alot of rolls to run over 300” , Ray those who may not receive recognition states as a matter of fact. elsewhere, but were huge parts of How many runs over 200 have you 14.1 history. In the future we plan had? Photos: (Above) Ray Martin looking very "cool" and dapper in his prime. on inducting several people at once. “I cant keep track of that one. (Below) Ray “Cool Cat” Martin & Jerome Keogh But this year having Ray Martin and Alot!” says Martin. Jerome Keogh will be a great start”, said Who else should be inducted into CEO of Dragon Promotions. Charlie Williams, Founder of Dragon Promotions. The 14.1 Hall of Fame? Guest speakers at the dinner banquet on August Jerome Keogh invented 14.1 in 1910. Previous “I think Danny Diliberto should also get in the 31 will include former World Champions and veteran to that, players would break the balls open but 14.1 Hall of Fame. We are almost the same age, just peers of Ray’s such as Allen Hopkins, Mike Sigel, and sometimes nothing went in, which many felt was too one week apart. WOuldn’t it be cool if he got to play Earl Herring. The 14.1 Hall of Fame events will also big a luck factor. Keogh decided the game should be in this,too? I’m glad he already made it into the BCA include video presentations by’s Jerry played with the final ball remaining out. Thus 14 balls Hall of Fame this year. “ Tarantola and funded by Dr.Louis Pannullo. Charlie plus 1, which became known as 14.1 . The very first Advice to upcoming 14.1 players: Williams will MC the evening’s festivities. Inside Pool World 14.1 Tournament was held in 1911 and won by “I respect all my opponents. If they have a cue in Magazine will also be covering the events live on site. Alfredo DeOro. Keogh had prior to that won multiple their hand, they got my respect already. So my goal is Tickets must be purchased by August 27th and World Championships, but despite inventing the to not let them shoot.” can be done live at the event or at Amsterdam Billiards game that changed the sport, he would never win the Ray Martin’s daughter Robyn Martin Wilson in NYC or Sandcastle Billiards in NJ. Week passes to World 14.1 title. But today, a hundred years later, the says her dad isn’t displeased with his overall game, the World Tournament include one banquet ticket. Straight Pool Hall of Fame honors him fittingly as the but feels nervous. After all this time, he is still a Online purchases for the dinner and also tickets can founder of the game. perfectionist even at 76 years old. be purchased at . Get “Over the last six years, the fans, players, and Your chances of winning this year? the event special 40% discounted room at the Hyatt sponsors have really made us feel like the caretakers “Well, I’m 76 years old. But I can still pocket Regency by calling 732-873-1234 ask for “US Pool of straight pool. I’m not a pool player, but I’ve learned balls. I just like to get through the round robin and Players” Group and receive the tournament rate of to really come to enjoy and respect this elegant game. then let’s see!” $105 per night. We want to continue keeping this game alive and Good luck to Ray Martin going for his 4th World The 2011 World Tournament is proudly comake it prosper. Honoring the people who did it Tournament title at the prime age of 76! sponsored by Olhausen Tables, Amsterdam Billiards, before us is a big part of that,” explains Cindy Lee, Inside Pool Magazine, Andy Cloth, Aramith Balls,

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Broomfield, Colo., Aug. 12, 2011 — Versatility and longevity are the common threads that bind 2011 Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame inductees Ralf Souquet and Danny DiLiberto, who earned election into pool’s hallowed halls in voting conducted by the United States Billiard Media Association. Souquet, 42, and DiLiberto, 76, will be formally inducted into Greatest Player wing of the BCA Hall of Fame on Oct. 20 during ceremonies at the Chesapeake Marriott in Chesapeake, Va. Souquet, born in Eschweiler, Germany, has been a dominant player in Europe for more than 25 years, having won more than 40 German titles and 36 European Championship medals. But his record is nearly as impressive in top U.S. and international events. “The Kaiser,” as Souquet is known, boasts world titles in both 9-ball (1996) and 8-ball (2008), a gold medal in 9-ball at the 2009 World Games, and is a five-time winner of the World Pool Masters. On American soil, Souquet owns a BCA U.S. Open 14.1 Championship crown (2000), a U.S. Open 9-Ball title (2002), a pair of BCA Open 9-Ball Championship titles, and has won the Derby City 9-ball crown three times. “This is great news!” said Souquet, who had finished second in Hall of Fame voting to Francisco Bustamante in 2010. “It’s a great honor. When you talk about the greatest players, like Archer and Strickland and Varner, they’re all in the Hall of Fame. Being mentioned in the same list with those names is a great achievement.” Souquet becomes the seventh foreign-born player inducted into the BCA Hall of Fame. “I’m also proud to be the first European male player in the Hall of Fame,” Souquet added. “I think it’s probably harder for a foreign player to be voted in, but it’s nice that the American pool community believes that my overall game and approach to the sport has been positive. I must have done something right.” Born in Buffalo, N.Y., DiLiberto chose billiards ahead of boxing, bowling and baseball, all sports at which

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the multi-talented athlete excelled. In fact, DiLiberto boxed professionally and was undefeated as a professional fighter. Under the tutelage of famed trainer Angelo Dundee, and boxing under the name Danny Toriani, DiLiberto posted a 14-0-2 record, with 12 knockouts in the late ’50s, until his oftinjured hands forced him to retire from the ring. Boxing’s loss was billiards’ gain, as the colorful DiLiberto spent nearly 30 years near the top of the game. DiLiberto won numerous national-class tournaments in the ’60s, but was at his peak in the 1970s when 14.1 was the game of champions in the pool world. After falling in the title match of the prestigious BCA U.S. Open 14.1 championship in both 1968 (to Joe Balsis) and 1972 (to Steve Mizerak), DiLiberto won the straight pool division at the 1972 Johnston City World All-Around Championships. DiLiberto then went on to defeat 9-ball division champ Billy Incardona and one-pocket division winner Larry “Boston Shorty” Johnson in a three-man playoff to earn the Johnston City All-Around crown. DiLiberto’s versatility at the table shown through in the ’80s when he defeated Nick Varner in the title match to win the 1981 BCA National 8-Ball Championship, then won the ’83 World One-Pocket title and the 1984 Classic Cup 9-Ball crown, giving him a major national title in the four major pool disciplines. “I’m really choked up,” DiLiberto said after being informed of the honor. “I really thought the Hall of Fame would wait until I was dead to vote for me. It’s truly an honor. This makes my day, my month, my year!” Voting was conducted by the USBMA Hall of Fame Board, which consists of USBMA members, elected At-Large members and living members of the BCA Hall of Fame. Induction in the Greatest Players category is awarded to the player named on the most ballots. A second player is elected if both players are named on more than 70 percent of the ballots. Souquet was named on 65 percent of the ballots. Karen Corr received votes on 56 percent of the ballots. No other eligible player was named on more than 25 percent of the ballots. To be eligible for consideration in the Greatest Player category, a player a) must be 40 years old by Jan. 1 of the year of their induction; b) must have a professional playing career of at least 10 years; and c) must have recorded significant achievements in U.S.-based events. DiLiberto is the first player elected to the

Greatest Player wing of the BCA Hall of Fame through recommendation of the Veterans Committee. The Veterans Committee, a committee elected by the USBMA, reviews the resumes of mid-20th century players unlikely to win election against contemporary stars, and players who failed to be elected through the general Greatest Players elections prior to turning 60 years of age. A player recommended by the Veterans Committee to the Hall of Fame Board must receive a simple majority of “Yes” votes from the board for election. About Billiard Congress of America Founded in 1948, the Billiard Congress of America is a non-profit trade organization dedicated to growing a united, prosperous and highly regarded billiard industry through BCA leadership. The BCA seeks to enhance the success of its members and promote the game of billiards though educational, marketing and promotional efforts, annual industry trade shows and other programs designed to encourage billiards as a lifestyle and make pool everybody’s game. For more information, visit or call 303.243.5070. VOTING RESULTS: — BCA Hall of Fame Board (Total 51) USBMA members - 29 Friends of Game - 5 Hall of Famers - 17 (Byrne and Fleming are counted in the USBMA total, as they are dues-paying members of the USBMA)

— Total Votes 43 — Results: Souquet 28 Corr 24 Calhoun 9 Ortmann 9 Davenport 7

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My daughter, Shannon, and myself are "pleased as punch" to announce there will be no boycott as everyone came to an agreement today to work everything out and we are very glad. :) We feel that the player's needs were justified as pool is in a dire state. We were happy to be able to work out a solution that will protect all parties and appreciate the ABP bending a little, so that we could all reach an agreement that we are all happy with. It is time for us to restructure our methods of receiving funds from the sponsor, vendors and others in order to be able to pay players in full at the event. We ask our loyal vendors to please be prepared to pay in full by September 15, 2011 to assure and hold your booth space. Shannon and I have always appreciated all of you, but now we must restructure our method of you paying us, as we have to have all funds available to pay players. So now you have over 70 days before the event knowing that we need to have all the cash on hand. Two weeks ago, I called Rob Johnson to ask him to hold all future entries, and added money in an escrow account as the BCA is trustworthy and fully capable of taking on such a task. We want to thank Rob Johnson, president of the BCA, for taking about 2 seconds to say yes, the BCA will be glad to hold

the added money and entry fees. From today's date forward, entry fees are to be mailed to the BCA at 12303 Airport Way, Suite 140, Broomfield, CO 80021. Rob, thank you for everything. We also want to thank so many of you wonderful people who have supported us during the past weeks showing us just how much you care. We understand the player's concerns and are happy to say that cool heads have prevailed and we are confident that all will be handled very properly. We appreciate the constructive criticism as well as the encouraging support from the industry and the fans alike. Shannon and I are also excited for the ABP to have a pro-am at the Chesapeake Conference Center, Friday October 14th, from 7-9pm. They are also going to encourage every player from around the world to participate in the US Open that is capable of playing. So, the bottom line is we are forming a joint relationship with the ABP, which will hopefully last for many years. We all can simply grow with each other's support. Isn't that what we should have been doing from the beginning? I would personally like to thank Johnny Archer, who on his own called my daughter Shannon last

week, as it was a very pleasant surprise. Charlie Williams also returned my call in which he also had encouraging and pleasant things to say. Barry and Shannon would also like to thank Dennis Walsh, the attorney for the ABP for the long hours of cordial negotiation, conversation and compromise. While the pool public in general was under the impression that discussions were not taking place and that each side had stubbornly drawn a line in the sand, rest assured that representatives of both camps were busy trying to reach a workable solution and that many others in the industry were pitching in with offers of help and other valuable advice. So let's get ready to rack some balls come October 16-22 and players don't forget that one week prior to the event there will be a $50 late fee, so please get your entries into: the BCA at 12303 Airport Way, Suite 140, Broomfield, CO 80021. Hotel information can be found on your website, . Ladies, we hope that you all return this year and we encourage others to participate as well. Our goal is to fill the field of 256 players again; it would be an awesome feeling for everyone.

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Here’s what’s happening for the 2012 ACS Nationals in Las Vegas. Since moving the Nationals to the Tropicana Las Vegas, the ACS wants to keep growing the turnout, both for the 2012 ACS Nationals and beyond. We’re putting a big push on it this year by: Eliminating the need for Tropicana Room Vouchers if you provide a Tropicana Room Booking Confirmation Number on each entry form at time of entry – covering the dates of that entry in each specific division. Offering an ‘Early Bird’ 20% discount on all ACS Entries Forms/Fees postmarked by January 31, 2012 AND a $59/night discounted weekday room rate on the Tropicana tournament room rate if made with the Tropicana by January 31, 2012. Providing a Nationals Standard Division 8-Ball Team PAID Entry to ALL ACS-sanctioned leagues per the following schedule based on member size: 0 to 100 - 1 Free Standard 8-Ball Team Entry 101 to 150 - 2 Free Standard 8-Ball Team Entries 151 to 200 - 3 Free Standard 8-Ball Team Entries 201 to 250 - 4 Free Standard 8-Ball Team Entries 251 to 300 - 5 Free Standard 8-Ball Team Entries “The 2011 ACS Nationals were beyond a doubt the best tournament I have had the honor to work. The hotel staff were above and beyond their call to duty for players and ACS staff. The accommodations were outstanding. The casino is very nice and playing was very enjoyable. The casino staff were excellent in catering to your pleasures and extremely helpful to all. The tournament scheduling allowed for going sightseeing and taking in shows, etc. All in all the the stay at the Tropicana was the best stay in Las Vegas I have ever experienced in my 14 years of playing and working the Nationals with BCA and ACS. I highly recommend for players to

301 to 350 - 6 Free Standard 8-Ball Team Entries 351 to 400 - 7 Free Standard 8-Ball Team Entries 401 to 450 - 8 Free Standard 8-Ball Team Entries 451 to 500 - 9 Free Standard 8-Ball Team Entries 501+ - 10 Free Standard 8-Ball Team Entries ACS will increase the subsidy to the added money to the Standard Team divisions. Providing a free team entry to the 8-Ball Team Champions from every primary team division of each ACS-affiliated State Association and the Lucasi Hybrid ACS Midwest Championships. In addition in 2012, the ACS is providing ‘2 rooms for 2 nights’ (weekdays only) at the Tropicana to the 8-Ball Team Champions from every primary team division of each ACS-affiliated State Association and the Lucasi Hybrid ACS Midwest tournaments. Bringing back a ‘Corona Beach Party’ Billiard Bash and arranging for ‘Poolplayers Only’ Slot Tourneys. Ending the tourney a day earlier to remove all conflict with BCAPL Singles events. For 2013 and beyond, the tourney will be a week earlier. Arranging for all events to played in one place in the Tropicana Pavilion area. The Ballroom will be reserved

for practice play, mini’s and the USBA 3-Cushion National Championships. Already the tourney was huge fun to attend: Super organized with 5 different Singles, Scotch Doubles and Team events you can compete in (both 8Ball and 9Ball), all in only 7 days with no conflicts. Unlike anybody else, a Standard Division with full Cash Prizing is offered in all events where you don’t have to be a semi-Master or Open calibre to stand a good chance at winning a few matches. The Tropicana itself proved to be an incredible host site with it’s ‘center of the action’ location on the Strip, completely updated and renovated rooms (all with larges screen tv’s) right above the tourney room, the best pool area in Vegas, a very generous Gambling Awards program that reciprocates Riviera Awards levels and the most friendly staff ever encountered! For those on a tight budget, food options were within convenient walking distance. Now there’s even more reason to go. Win or lose, you’re guaranteed to have a great vacation!

attend the 2012 ACS Nationals and share in the experience, you won’t regret it.” Shannon K Lynde, ACS National Head Referee (Converse, TX)

pool area. ANYTIME. I miss the friends I made while staying there and can’t hardly wait to be back.” - Sandy Chamberlain, League Operator (Tulsa, OK)

“The time our team spent at the Tropicana was THE BEST in many years. Thanks to all of the Staff for making their Tropicana experience a very delicious memory . The rooms were incredible, Their food, to die for. I tell you that because I haven’t seen that in the last 21 years UNTIL THIS year at the TROPICANA. The route from the room to the tournament area was short,easy and direct. one floor down is the weight room.Walk through it into the

“To all players who missed the ACS National tourney last year : You missed a great event at one of the best Hotels I have ever stayed. The tournament ran smooth and there were always tables available to practice. I believe the Tropicana is the top hotel in Las Vegas and the staff treated everyone with the greatest respect. The Tropicana is a great vacation spot with all the amenities, as well as in a great area for walking from casino to casino.” - Tom

Fankhauser, League Operator and Senior 8-ball player (Decatur, IL) “I wish to take this opportunity to say that, in 21 years of competing in Vegas in team play and singles in BCAPL,VNEA & ACS, the ACS event at the Tropicana in May of 2011 was the best, & most well run event that I have attended! The Tropicana staff & facilities were the best! I would highly recomend to all players & teams in the U.S. & Canada that 2012 could be absolutely the best ever ACS event at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas.” - Glenn Gardner, Mad Dogz Team (Calgary, Alberta)

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The Pool Players Best Source of Information in the Midwest has new tournament listings for the Rider Cup, Cornhusker Open, Northern Lights S...

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The Pool Players Best Source of Information in the Midwest has new tournament listings for the Rider Cup, Cornhusker Open, Northern Lights S...